Leeds venue The Well to close

This is really sad news as its one of the great venues on the circuit and I should know having played there a few times in Goldblade and having some of the most ridiculously hot and sweaty gigs there ( although I won’t miss getting that bass amp up the stairs at the back!).

The venue is to close on March 10th.

The venue managers said that ‘Sadly with the sheer level of restrictions (partly due to the building possibly being turned into a restaurant in the future) there is no way to break even never mind make anything which resembles a profit. I, Anthony Mortimer, Chris Flynn and others in the past have worked endless weekly hours with no wage to try and make this venue work, sadly all our efforts have been for nought.”

The venue’s General Manager Kevin Berry has posted a statement about the Venue’s closure, pointing a finger at the venue’s owners for not allowing the Well to “to break even never mind make anything which resembles a profit”.

The full statement on the venue’s official website says: “We as a team are going to be pulling out of The Well music venue after March 10. We’ve loved helping rebuild this once great venue’s reputation back up these past few years, and would like to thank all who mucked in. Sadly The Well isn’t a viable business due to our brewery superiors & building owners Enterprise Inns’ rates and J Pullen and Sons and the restrictions they implement on us running our music venue. Everyday has been an uphill battle from day one and frankly we’re all tired of this vicious circle and fighting with two other companies to carry on. There has been no leeway with either company over the years and have had to find ways of working around them.”

Leeds venue The Well to close
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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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